Philipp Florinus of Pfalz-Sulzbach

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Philipp Florinus of Pfalz-Sulzbach (1630–1703)

Philipp Florinus von Pfalz-Sulzbach (born January 20, 1630 in Sulzbach , † April 4, 1703 in Nuremberg ) was Count Palatinate and Imperial Field Marshal .


Philipp was the youngest son of August von Pfalz-Sulzbach (1582–1632) from his marriage to Hedwig (1603–1657), daughter of Duke Johann Adolf von Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorf .

He started his career in the Lorraine Army and then joined the Swedes. There he fought under Karl X. Gustav in Prussia . In 1659 he lost the battle of Nyborg on Funen disastrously against the Danes and their allies. He had to save himself by fleeing at night. After the death of the Swedish king, he went to Venice and fought against the Turks on their behalf. After internal power struggles, he left Venice in 1662 and went into imperial service. In 1664 he was successful as a field marshal and commander in chief of the imperial cavalry in the battle of Mogersdorf . He was then in French and Swedish services and finally in the Bavarian army.